Time is short, but you need tea. Steeping by the cupful is a great solution. Or you want to enjoy a tea that can be infused multiple times (2 to 12 or even more) in small amounts (or you’ll end up with a lot of tea!). Dig out that teacup or mug and put it to good use steeping up teas that are perfect by the cupful. “Great idea!” you say. I think so, too.
Awhile back I wrote an article about “sipper teas” that should be drunk by dainty sips. These teas are all good to steep by the cupful for several reasons:
- You’ll want to enjoy them in small amounts.
- You’ll want to sip and savor every drop.
- You’ll want to steep more than once from the tea leaves.
- You’ll want a tea that can steep up fairly quickly.
The key is to focus on those teas that are best served gongfu style, with short, frequent steepings that should be consumed as soon as the liquid is cool enough to drink without scalding your lips and tongue. In addition to the teas listed in the article named above, I’ve listed a few here that in my experience can be steeped in this way.
- Ti Kuan Yin Iron Goddess Oolong Tea — A tea that is often served gongfu style. Oolongs, semi-oxidized teas, have a unique flavor with more body and less bitterness than green teas which are not oxidized.
- Pu-erh — There is quite an array of this style of tea. They can be raw (“sheng,” green, or uncooked) or ripened (cooked or aged). Some are even classified as white teas. Generally earthy in character, some can be so light tasting, that you will want to enjoy every drop.
- First Flush Darjeelings — Proclaimed by some to the best flush, these teas generally have a light, fruity flavor. They tend to be in high demand by Darjeeling lovers and also are in the shortest supply of the three flushes (First, Second, and Autumn).
- A fine green tea — These teas are numerous. Japanese Sencha or Gyokuro, Chinese Ming Mei, even a green Ceylon or Assam. The main thing is to have one that is refreshing in just that one cuppa.
- White teas — Snow Dragon is a favorite, but so is a white pu-erh as mentioned earlier. Other options abound. These teas can range from very light tastes to more nutty and even fruity. A cupful will perk you up when you’re beginning to sag a bit.
Steep a cupful today and have a great tea time. Cheers!
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